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How I managed to get my Foreigner’s Identity Number (NIE) in Barcelona

The NIE (Número de Identidad de Extranjero) is a tax identification number in Spain for everyone who is not a Spanish citizen. It is...
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The Satirical Tabarnia Movement is Reflecting a Democracy in Crisis

An ironic introduction of Tabarnia “What is Tabarnia?” – is the question that most people have asked themselves after last month’s Twitterstorm. The word ‘Tabarnia’...

My First Snowboarding Experience in Spain

Masella Ski Resort On January 4th 2018, I went snowboarding to Masella. It was my first skiing experience in Spain and I had a lot...

The Yellow Ribbon is a Polemic Symbol in Catalonia and South Korea this Christmas

Did you know that yellow ribbon is a symbol of division and unity both in Catalonia and South Korea? The yellow ribbon is used for...
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The Forgotten History of the Catalan ‘Santa Claus’

The real origins and history of the Catalan equivalent of Santa Claus is one of Barcelona's best kept secrets. (reader discretion is advised) As a Finnish...
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The information war in social media is tearing Catalonia apart

How to fight against the misinformation and propaganda that is dividing Catalan society? During the last two months I have observed closely how Catalan society...
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Soluciones a la crisis democrática que vive España.

¿Es España un país democrático? Han pasado más de 40 años desde que el General Francisco Franco muriese tranquilamente en su cama el 20 de...
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An outsider’s view from inside the September 11th celebrations in Barcelona

On Monday September 11th, 2017 Catalonia celebrated the National Day known locally as La Diada Nacional de Catalunya. Like hundreds of thousands of Catalans, I...
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48 Crystal Moments: Gustavo Vega & Yuuka Nakamura, Spanish view & Japanese interpretation. 17/48

48 Crystal Moments: Two Converging Views. 17 th part of a collection of 48 poetic compositions, haiku style or close to such form of Japanese...
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The Referendum in Catalonia is a Threat to Democracy

What if the referendum in Catalonia is undemocratic? Like Maduro in Venezuela and Erdogan in Turkey, Mussolini, Hitler and Franco also loved referendums. But what...

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